Now that the exam results are out there is excitement in the air. Parents talk nothing else excepting about the brilliance of their children which is gauged according to their scores/credits in different subjects. What’s more, they attribute the high score obtained in the subject not so much to their children’s performance in the exam but to their genes.
I am sure my daughter will score a centum in maths, said one father with an air of pride. She has taken after me. I was very strong in maths myself.
Come on, don’t think you can take the credit. If at all someone deserves the credit, it is her maths teacher in school combined with my giving her tuition, interjected his wife leaving the man embarrassed.
There was another parent who boasted about his son. You know, my son has been scoring high marks in chemistry. I am advising him to major in the subject at his degree level just like I did. Chemistry happened to be my favourite subject in my degree and PG. In fact I got a Gold medal in my P.G. in the seventies.
Don’t you think you can attribute certain things to genes? he asked (probably he wanted to prefix the word father to genes).
I don’t remember your ever saying you had obtained a GOLD MEDAL in THE UNIVERSITY, it’s news to me, said his wife, who had just entered the room with a tray containing refreshments.
You can well imagine the reaction of the man.
In another incident, the father said excitedly, you know, my daughter always secured highest marks in English in her class. I feel she has inherited her command of the language from me, you see.
I didn’t want to tell him that between him and his wife, she had better command of the language and expression.
Slightly different was a mother’s claim about her daughter, you know my daughter is very brilliant .”I am sure she will get a State rank “was her refrain.
I scanned through the papers once the results were out .All the State ranks were mostly bagged by students from non METRO areas to the surprise of their parents and disappointment of the ones who boasted about their offsprings’ brilliance!
N.MEERA RAGHAVENDRA RAO